As the largest Swiss camp provider, MS Sports has put together a versatile programme. The focus is on kids’ favourite sports, boosting their immune systems and socialising. In this interview, founder and CEO Mario Sager talks about the recipe for success in the now 14-year history of the MS Sports Camps, the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the collaboration with the Swiss Youth Hostels as a new accommodation partner.
What is special about MS Sports?
Sports are our passion. We offer children and young people aged 6 to 15 inexpensive, meaningful and high-quality holiday activities and enable them to have fun and exercise during their school holidays. Another plus: this also eases the burden on parents. It is important to us that no social or financial barriers stand in the way of the children.
Together with our partner association VFKS we want to make it possible for every child to have an unforgettable camp experience. Thanks to VFKS, socially disadvantaged kids receive a discount of up to 80%. With 14 years of experience, a high level professionalism and a lot of heart and soul, we create spaces for the athletic, social and personal development of children and young people.
What kind of camps does MS Sports organise?
There’s a wide variety of sports, ranging from football, biking, horseback riding, dancing, tennis, chess & sports to polysports and snow sports. What’s special about polysports camps is that kids can try out two new sports such as floorball, athletics, trampoline, artistic gymnastics, flag football, badminton, etc. every day. Thanks to this variety, we have quite the range to offer.
Why are youth hostels suitable as accommodation partners?
Out of 348 camps, 37 are offered with accommodation and a comprehensive all-inclusive package, allowing us to provide children with a very special experience. The Swiss Youth Hostels offer the kids everything they need for a real camp experience, making them the ideal accommodation partner for us. The kids share bunk beds, spend a lot of time together, are served varied and healthy meals and can enjoy a variety of games in and around the youth hostels. These are perfect conditions for a special kind of camp experience.
The pandemic has also presented you with challenges. Now camps can take place again. What are you looking forward to most?
Yes, the pandemic was quite challenging for us. After losing some orders last year and suffering a big financial loss, we are now even more grateful to be able to pursue our passion again. We are highly motivated and are already in the middle of the 190 summer camps.
We look forward to seeing all the happy kids who can finally let off steam and play their favourite sports with their friends again. Exercise is more important now than ever. It’s a great joy for the whole MS Sports team to see the lightheartedness, energy and gratitude of the kids. If the children go home at the end of the week with beaming faces, we have achieved our goal.
For the summer holidays, there are still some open spaces in the camps. What is the best way to register and who can attend the camps?
For the summer, there are still a few spaces available. If you still want to secure a spot for one of our camps, you can find all the information you need and register on our website. Thanks to the cancellation insurance we offer, there’s no risk, even if your plans should change.
Overnight camps with available places
Youth Hostel Interlaken 02.08 – 06.08
Youth Hostel Rapperwil-Jona 09.08 – 13.08
Youth Hostel Solothurn 09.08 – 13.08
Youth Hostek Lausanne 16.08 – 20.08
Youth Hostel Lucerne 04.10 – 08.10
Youth Hostel Schaan-Vaduz 04.10 – 08.10
Youth Hostel Engelberg 11.10 – 15.10
An interview with Mario Sager, CEO / Owner MS Sports AG
Mario Sager, whose company is named after his initials, founded MS Sports in 2007. The former professional soccer player overcame numerous hurdles in favor of families being able to offer kids a meaningful and inexpensive vacation activity. MS Sports now organizes 348 camps at 227 locations throughout Switzerland.